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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

More Castiglione Del Bosco 'Field Paintings'

I mounted some more of the Italy sketches from my recent trip.  I may work on them in the studio and/or use them for a larger paintings but for now they are just as I made them in the field.  I still have a bunch more to mount, about 28 in all.  I'm doing it little by little, when there's some more I'll post them.  Hope everyone is getting their summer sketches done. You should have several by now.


  1. Gorgeous plein air works, Rick!

  2. Thanks Connor, It was a great trip with great company as well. Have you seen the Marc Dalessio paintings from Del Bosco, And Ben Fenski? Also Joe Mcgurl and Ted Minoff? A great group of painters. Are you doing the Hudson River thing this year?

  3. All of these paintings are awesome!! The stormy sky is beautifully painted, Richard! Great job.

  4. Hi Richard,
    Great work. They take me back to our couple of years in Italy. You've done a masterful job capturing the sense of space.
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. these are all wonderful paintings Richard! the play of sunlight in some, the rainclouds in another!
    you said you mounted these: could you tell me how you mounted them?

  6. Thanks guys, I'm glad you like them. Rahina I painted on unstetched linen so it would be easier to travel. Once home I cut 1/4 inch plywood panels to size (shellac on the back side to prevent warping) and used a small throw-away roller to roll out an even coat of PVA glue on the plywood. Lineco Inc. makes a ph neutral PVA adhesive I like. I then carefully laid the painting down making sure not to trap air between the glue and the linen. I use gentle pressure with my fingers just to make sure to make sure the glue is in good contact with the linen, be careful here, you don't want to push the glue into thick and thin spots with uneven or over zealous pressure. Also, you don't want to push glue out at the edges. Next, check for air bubbles by gently running your fingers on the surface of the painting, listen to the sound your fingers make. There will be a distinct change in the sound when your finger goes over an air bubble. If you find an air pocket lift the painting and lay it back with with slight pressure, pushing the air out in the direction that you re-lay it. Finally, put a bunch of books on it (even pressure, flat surface) and leave it overnight. In the morning trim off any linen that sticks out over the edge, and Bobs your uncle.

    Let me know how it goes. And please don't try it out for the first time on a painting you love.

  7. Hey Rick,
    I've seen Ted's, but not the others. I'll search them out for sure, from what Ted told me it sounds like all of you guys had a lot of fun and got some good work done. I'm actually leaving for the Hudson River Fellowship tomorrow, so I'll get a chance to do some landscape painting of my own. Thanks for the info on stretching linen on to boards, too; I was planning on bringing a bundle of unstretched linen to the fellowship.
    Take care, see you in the fall.